Hutt Lagoon in springtime is hands-down one of the most incredible scenes on earth. With a mass of tiny yellow and pink flowers framing the pink waters of the lagoon, it looks more like movie set than real life. We stopped for only an hour on our drive from Kalbarri to see the wildflowers of Mullewa, but Hutt Lagoon is such a wonderful little spot that it deserves a short dedicated blog post.
We were delighted to find sunny skies when we arrived, with just a few puffy clouds floating overhead. On our previous visits we have always found the pink to be most vibrant on sunny days. The blue skies provide a striking contrast to the rosy waters.
There are no facilities or attractions other than the lagoon but they are not needed. We spent a fun and relaxing hour or so just playing on the shore. Maddie was pleased to be running free rather than strapped into her car seat. She has made a game lately of throwing anything she can find into water. After gathering a sizable collection of little pebbles and fauna, she set herself up on the waters edge, throwing her debris to create little ripples. There is nothing like nature to provide endless fun and curiosity to a toddler. I love how absorbed she becomes in her natural surroundings. Us adults were transfixed with the changing colours of the lagoon as clouds moved above us. This place is a photographers dream.
Below is a collection of photos from our brief stop over. If you ever get a chance to visit this enchanting place, please do. It really is quite captivating.
Why is Hutt Lagoon Pink?
The colour comes from beta-carotene produced by a type of green algae called Dunaliella salina. The vibrancy of the colour is determined by the abundance of these algae, the salinity and temperature of the water so varies throughout the year.
Where Is Hutt Lagoon?
Hutt Lagoon is just outside the small town of Port Gregory, about an hour south of Kalbarri and 6 hours north of Perth. It makes idea stop over to stretch your legs on your journey to or form Kalbarri, or as a day trip from nearby Geraldton Although there are not facilities at the lagoon itself, you can find newly refurbished restrooms at the nearby Port Gregory (even the bathroom stall doors are pink!).
Not to be confused with The Pink Lake in Esperance, it is one of a handful of colourful pink lagoons across Australia.